5 Scary Urban Legends that have Haunted Singaporeans for Years

Every country has their fair share of creepy urban legends and Singapore is no different.

The Editor | Oct. 21, 2021 | 793 reads
5 Scary Urban Legends that have Haunted Singaporeans for Years
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Some of these urban legends have been passed down from generation to generation, until no one is truly sure where or how they came to be.

Here are 5 of the scariest urban legends that have freaked Singaporeans out over the years. How many of these have you heard of?

Marble sounds in HDB flat ceilings… When you live on the top floor

If you have ever lived in a HDB flat, as most Singaporeans do, you would most certainly have heard sounds of marbles rolling across the floor at all times of the day. While some people have dismissed it as simply children in the unit above playing with marbles, others have a spookier theory. Because the marble sounds can be heard at all times of the day, late at night and when the neighbours are out, people began saying the sounds were made by the restless spirits of children playing with marbles. Are you cold or is that a chill running down your spine?

Stepping on offerings during the Hungry Ghost Festival

Pay attention during the Hungry Ghost Festival – which takes place during the seventh month of the lunar calendar – and you might notice people walking and hopping rather peculiarly as they try to avoid stepping on the hungry ghost offerings that are littering the sidewalk. During this period, people burn paper offerings, paper money and offer food to appease the dead that have come out during this time to roam the earth. People believing that stepping on these offerings will offend the spirits and cause bad things to happen to you.

Pointing at the moon

“Don’t point at the moon or your ears will be cut off.” – How many of you guys have heard this before when you were younger? The explanations for this are vague but one version of the story goes like this. According to Chinese legend, Chang Er, goddess of the moon, lives on the moon. This led to the Chinese holding the view that the moon is sacred and thus, pointing to the moon is considered to be rude and disrespectful. Try it if you are feeling particularly brave. Don’t say we didn’t warn you though!

Makcik Keropok

Who is the Makcik Keropok? According to popular belief, the Makcik Keropok is an old Malay makcik (auntie) who goes from door to door selling Kkeropok (deep fried crackers). There are many different versions of the story but the gist is, if you open the door to her and do not buy the Kkeropok, she will then either curse your house or unleash a ghost into your house. So if you hear knocking on your door the next time you are home alone, you might want to think twice about opening it.

The Pontianak

Ahhh… The Pontianak is perhaps THE scariest urban legend that Singapore has. For those who don’t know what a Pontianak is, they are women who have died in childbirth due to various reasons and are looking for other pregnant women and men to enact their revenge by attacking and killing them. A Pontianak looks like a beautiful woman with long black hair and wearing a long white dress. They are also usually accompanied by a sweet smell, usually the scent of frangipani flowers. Look out if you are walking home alone in the dark of the night….

Article written by Samantha Tan.

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